THE WELL-BALANCED TEACHER: Stay Sane In & Out of the Classroom


[semester equivalent = 2.00 credits]



Suzanne Warner



Feel stressed? Feel as if there is not enough time in the day to get everything done? Feel as if you always put yourself last? These are just a few of the common and overwhelming feelings teachers express as they have more to do each day with seemingly less time to do it. In this course, for all teachers K-12, you will learn how to balance your life so that you can feel more positive about yourself and teaching, feel better both physically and mentally, and determine your non-negotiables, what to “let go” of, and how to have a mindset of self-efficacy. Remember: you have to take care of yourself first before you can take care of others.

This course is appropriate for teachers K-12.   Text cost about $10 on Amazon.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Create boundaries and routines that will result in richer lives, in and outside of the classroom.
  • Acquire strategies for meeting basic needs of eating well, hydrating, being active, and taking care of spiritual necessities.
  • Learn how to positively manage stress.
  • Build positive relationships with colleagues, students, families, and administration.
  • Engage in more self-efficacy and maintain a sense of purpose.
  • Learn how to become more positively engaged with one’s school and community.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



Text cost about $10 on Amazon.

  • The Well-Balanced Teacher: How to Work Smarter and Stay Sane Inside the Classroom and Out

ISBN# 1416610693
by Mike Anderson
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development

  • The Well-Balanced Teacher: How to Work Smarter and Stay Sane Inside the Classroom and Out
    ISBN# 1416610693
    by Anderson, Mike

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Text: The Well-Balanced Teacher: How to Work Smarter and Stay Sane Inside the Classroom and Out cost about $10 on Amazon.


Suzanne Warner, M.S., received her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Rochester, New York.  She has taught mathematics in the middle school, high school, and college settings, most recently in Oregon. Suzanne has been lauded by administrators, colleagues, students and parents regarding her teaching and classroom management skills. Her students enjoy learning in a respectful, productive environment, where each student is in control of her/his own learning and behaviors. She strongly believes that all students want to do well, and creates a teaching environment for them to succeed. 

When not in the classroom, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family reading, hiking, backpacking and traveling.


THE WELL-BALANCED TEACHER: Stay Sane In & Out of the Classroom

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